Brown was mayor of Oakland from 1999 to 2006, and in that time, 82 public employees were able to double their annual salaries through California overtime pay, reports the news source.
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Many of the employees who doubled their salaries through overtime were police officers and firefighters, like Police Officer Sullivan Stallworth Jr., who said that the extra hours were important for the city.
"We were understaffed and overworked," Stallworth told the news provider. "I think [Brown] was just trying to make sure the community was served properly."
However, critics point out that all this overtime pay made Brown popular with public employee unions, who are large donors to Brown's gubernatorial campaign.